Donald I. Markley76, Korean War veteran, Rothsville native

By on July 27, 2011

Donald I. Markley

Donald I. Markley, 76, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Lancaster County, surrounded by his family, Friday, July 22, 2011.

Born in Rothsville on Aug. 13, 1934, he was the son of the late Harry and Susan (Imhoff) Markley and husband of Esther L. (Dick) Markley. Donald and Esther celebrated 54 years of marriage on May 11.

Honorably discharged on Oct. 27, 1960 from the U.S. Navy after serving eight years on the USS Freemont, which included the Korean Conflict, Donald was a member of the American Legion Post 56 and the VFW Post 8757, Mountville, and Teamsters Local 771.

He retired from Lumsden Corp. in 1999 after working 18 years.

Donald enjoyed NASCAR racing; his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr. He loved spending time with his great- grandchildren and walking his dogs. He enjoyed strolling through the Root’s and Green Dragon markets.

Donald is survived by five children: Donald E., husband of Carolyn Markley, of San Diego, Calif.; Robin L., wife of Jeffery Neely, of Lancaster; Pamela Smith of Akron; Brian K., partnered to Rich Riccio, of Mount Joy; and Brent, husband of Kathleen Markley; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers: Charles Markley; and Willard, husband of Ruth Sensenig.

He was preceded in death by three sisters: Margrete Gerhart; Thelma Bassler; and Sarah Hertz; and three brothers: Harold, Galen and Albert Markley.

Celebration of life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W. Chestnut Street, on Thursday, July 28, beginning with a "meet and greet" at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. The services will be officiated by Anne Mason, M. Div. from UUCL, and Pastor Phil Good from the Millcreek Bible Church. Interment will take place at Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 Second Lock Road, Lancaster. Military Honors will be accorded by Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard and Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard immediately following Donald’s interment. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider sending a contribution in Donald’s memory to the The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania and Hospice of Lancaster County.

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